Eric's La Salle Bill
Alan Bonds inspired retro bomber
1938 Schwinn "clunken-stein"
When I met
Alan I was taken with the modern fit and function of his "Millennium
Flyer" - a Schwinn DX frame with alloy Sturmey Archer front
drum, MRP cartridge BB adapter with White Industries cranks and
front sprocket, and a Shimano 8-speed rear planetary hub. This
elegant retro cruiser offered a completly different riding experience
from any clunker I had seen or ridden.
Schwinn DX - Millennium Flyer.
I knew I
had to try it myself, so the collecting of more parts began.
course of various clunker builds I ended up with a straight albeit
rough 1938 Schwinn autocycle frame - claimed originally badged
as a REX as near as I can tell it's a B97 frame.
"REX", another thank you ebay.
another seed in my head - he had seen an old Schwinn bike that
had a threadless headset fit to run a modern suspension fork.
Having put a few runs down Tam on the 1936 La Salle (getting older...not
wiser) the idea was appealing - I also wanted modern braking in
the equation. A few different headsets were checked against the
Schwinn head tube and the decision was made to use a BMX style
1" threadless setup - it would fit the stock tube with no
fuss and allow return to Schwinn components. Marzocchi MX Comp
Air fork with disk mounts was located, to that was added White
Industries M16 front hub, Avid BB7 brakes with 8" rotors
and the familiar polished Rhyno Lites with WTB Nano Raptors.
front disc - a long way from drums or cantilevers.
moto cross bar with Avid levers and Salsa stem complete the controls.
It took some time but Nexus-8 rear hub with 70mm fin cooled roller
brake and 19T sprocket finally arrived. YST bottom bracket fit
to White Industries 38T sprocket provide a SS-look driveline.
reinforced Schwinn seatpost and Campagnolo quick release binder
provide clunker comforts.
kind enough to have the frame cleaned and sand blasted, his time
and talent also provided the "eye candy" - black and
white speartip paint job with with signature flying wheel (with
was the theme for the bike (1938 frame, 19T-38T sprockets, 8-speeds,
8" front disk) so Alan hand painted a "Flying 8"
logo on the seat tube - magnificent!
In the words
of Mister Bonds - it's about as far as you can take a pre war
Bomber with period correct fighter escort ;-)